Living Bridge over the Clyde

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Living Bridge over the Clyde

Postby alan d » Tue Sep 02, 2003 2:11 pm

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Postby Hugh » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:29 pm

It's onwards and upwards, Alan. How does it feel to be officially one of the six best-known practices in the country?

But has anyone got the money to pay for this? We had a "living bridge" competition in London a few years back, won by some Frenchman or other, and nothing ever happened despite warm words by the organisers.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:37 pm

well done Alan....
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Postby alan d » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:42 pm

Well Hugh, if the Evening Times says so it must be true, though my Mother has always thought so but then she also thinks I look like a young Sean Connery.......... Shurely shum mishtake

and thank you Paul, now just have to try and win the damn thing
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Postby alan d » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:45 pm

Oh and sorry Hugh, the money is available.
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Postby Hugh » Tue Sep 02, 2003 5:39 pm

Excellent, and all good wishes.
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Postby alan d » Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:50 pm

http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/thereview.cfm?id=982652003

More on bridge, thanks Paul and Hugh P.
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Postby Hugh » Sun Sep 07, 2003 6:38 pm

Only one small glitch in the piece. There is no new bridge in Bath. I was referring to Pulteney Bridge, the 18th century inhabited example.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:38 pm

It will be very interesting to see the final concepts for this.
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Postby alan d » Mon Sep 08, 2003 9:35 am

The Allahverdi Khan Bridge in Isfahan, built in 1599 is a cracker, Hugh

Paul, I'll send you info when I get it. I've a red telephone on my desk with a direct line to Norman and Richard
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Sep 08, 2003 9:38 am

lol..... Architectman to the Architectcave........
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Postby alan d » Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:37 am

Norman calls me " Al, baby" but hey that's another story
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Sep 08, 2003 4:36 pm

The joy of discussion fora is not to know too much about people's private lifes ;)
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Postby alan d » Mon Sep 08, 2003 5:14 pm

You're the fella that mentioned that you sit at the computer naked, that was more than I needed to know, I can tell you.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Sep 08, 2003 5:15 pm

well you remembered it...... now you have truamatised all the other readers ;)

optimistic about this evening?
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Postby alan d » Mon Sep 08, 2003 5:20 pm

Nope
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Sep 08, 2003 5:29 pm

That sucks...
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Postby alan d » Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:56 am

At a meeting last night in Sligo Paul, the Council agreed to defer the decision to re include Teeling House within the list of protected structures, until we have the opportunity to present our designs and future development proposals and our site analysis to all concerned.

You can be sure we will make a good job of it
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:03 am

That's good news. Go Go PowerArchitectRangers
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Postby alan d » Sun Oct 26, 2003 2:00 pm

http://www.sundayherald.com/37608

Hand in for the bridge is Tuesday at 12 noon. Exhibition starts the following Saturday in the Lighthouse.
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Postby shadow » Sun Oct 26, 2003 2:36 pm

Alan

What is your position on RFQ's and similar limited competitions like this? How is the scene in Scotland regarding such developments?
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Postby alan d » Sun Oct 26, 2003 3:10 pm

Don't think I know exactly what you mean by RFQ's Shadow but as far as we are concerned as a practice

Such a lot of creative energy goes into a project like this and at the moment the office is buzzing.........the drawaback of course is that is matched with the depths of despair if we don't win.

It's good for the city too because at last Glaswegians are thinking postive things are happening on Clydeside and featuring in the national press and for a moment when the winner is announced, an international limelight will focus on the city.

The drawback for that will be of course, if it does not happen ( and Hugh gave an example of a failure earlier) the city will be slagged mercilessly, so the stakes are high for everyone involved and like many cities, we don't have a good track record in public competitions.
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Postby shadow » Mon Oct 27, 2003 11:43 am

An RFQ is a request for qualifications, a way of limiting the number of competitors based on experience, profile and capacity.
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Postby alan d » Mon Oct 27, 2003 1:10 pm

Well, judging by the shortlist that's what has happened in this case. We may seem like a wild card but all teams are headed by engineers with past records in bridge design. We are working with Whitby Bird.

The first submission was a statement of intent; confirmation of experience and portfolio of past work. Marks were given and the teams selected

We have never built a bridge before obviously but have an unequivocal knowledge of Glasgow and the river and the project also demands ideas for improvements to the rivers edge and works to the public realm.

It is an anonymous submission with team names rather then practice because the public will have a chance to vote on their favourite without being influenced by "local" teams.

A lot of work has gone into the process of setting up the competition by the City Council and judging. Whether it will be a success we'll see on Friday when the six teams have their proposals exhibited.
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Postby Michael Pat » Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:57 pm

Alan, where is the bridge going from/to? Glasgow definitely needs more bridges over the Clyde. It'll be great
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